Gandharva Musical Festival

Gandharva Musical Festival

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The Sawai Gandharva Bhimsen Mahotsav (also known as Sawai) is amongst the largest and most popular musical festivals of Indian Classical music in India. It was originally known as the Sawai Gandharva Sangeet Mahotsav. The festival was founded by the Arya Sangeet Prasarak Mandal and Pt. Bhimsen Joshi in 1953 as a tribute to commemorate the life, legacy and achievements of Pt. Sawai Gandharva, a legendary Indian Classical vocalist.

After Pt. Bhimsen Joshi`s death in January 2011, the Arya Sangeet Prasarak Mandal decided to rechristen the name of the festival to the ``Sawai Gandharva Bhimsen Mahotsav`` in honor of the legendary vocalist. Artists are invited from various parts of India to present their compositions at the festival. This festival is also the debut platform for many upcoming artists. Pt. Bhimsen Joshi was instrumental in inviting musicians from varying backgrounds to the festival because of his own appreciation and reverence for diverse approaches to presenting Indian Classical music. As a result, the festival has become an annual event for music connoisseurs worldwide and reinforces the modernity of Indian Classical Music.

The 3 Day Festival Programme is as under:

17th Feb 2012, Friday (6.30 pm onwards).

Shri. Shrinivas Joshi (Hindustani Vocal)
Pt.Kumar Bose (Tabla Solo)
Pt.Rajan & Sajan Mishra (Hindustani Vocal)

18th Feb 2012, Saturday (6.30 pm onwards)
Ms. Alarmelvelli (Bharatnatyam)
Padmashri Ustad Shahid Parvez (Sitar Recital) with Pt.Kumar Bose (Tabla) Pt. Ajay Chakraborty (Hindustani Vocal) with Pt.Kumar Bose (Tabla) and Ajay Joglekar (Harmonium)

19th Feb 2012, Sunday (6.30 pm onwards)
Ms.Shobhana (Bharatnatyam)

Tabla Jugalbandi between Pt.Shankar Ghosh and Bickram Ghosh Kumaresh Ganesh (Violin ), Pt. Ronu Majumdar (Flute), Bickram Ghosh (Tabla).
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